Monday, May 7, 2012

Upkeep of Detroit may be sacrificed under budget cuts, official says

Grass at as many as 160 parks across Detroit wouldn't be mowed and the length of time between neighborhood trash pickups could be delayed under budget cuts proposed for the department that maintains the city's buildings, vehicles and property.

General Services Director Bradley Dick told the City Council on Wednesday that the department will have to make significant cuts in order to meet its proposed budget. The reductions are part of the city's effort to shave $250 million in annual spending as Detroit works -- under a consent deal that gives the state oversight of its finances -- to turn around annual deficits and pay off long-term debts.

The Bing administration proposes cutting the General Services budget to $39 million in 2012-13 from $47 million in the current fiscal year. Read More